Feasting on the Word: Guide to Children's Sermons
by David Bartlett and Carol Bartlett
Reviewed by Clint Walker
Much of the Feasting on the Word resources feature highly practical worship resources for mainline churches. While focused on a practical matter of worship, the particular resource is more of a training manual on how to develop and present children's messages in church services. At the end of the text, there are a few dozen children's message manuscripts.
As one reads through this thoughtful book, one is challenged to think through a number of questions that the author's present in training their readers to work through the service. Some of those questions included are:
- Should the person doing the children's message focus on the lectionary texts?
- How do we develop intergenerational connections during worship?
- What is the role of story in relationship to the children's message?
- What issues and stories are appropriate for a children's message and what ones are not?
- How should developmental concerns influence how you present children's messages?
- How do you craft an effective children's message?
I enjoyed this book and its challenging the church to create better children's sermons. Yet, at the same time I know that what is here will be too heady and conceptual for many folks who deliver children's messages. This is not a book that will give you a quick fix for grabbing a children's message just before church on Sunday morning, but it will help pastor's craft children's messages with theological integrity and meaningful teaching for youngsters. All in all, a great book to have on my shelf!